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I live in the United Kingdom. Do I need a visa when transiting in the Netherlands?

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If you live in the UK, and you change planes at a Dutch airport on your way from or to the UK, check whether you need a visa in your situation.

What is your situation?

You do not need an airport transit visa if you are a British national and live in the UK. You still need other documents to travel to the Netherlands.

Check what documents you need to travel to the Netherlands

You do not need an airport transit visa because you are a national of a Schengen country. This means you can travel throughout the Schengen area without a visa. And you can change planes in the Netherlands on your way from any Schengen country to your next destination.

Your still need other documents to travel to the Netherlands.

Check what documents you need to travel to the Netherlands

If you live in the UK and have a valid residence permit, whether you need a visa depends on when you will be transiting in the Netherlands.  

I will be transiting before 28 June 2024

You may need a visa.

Check whether you need a visa

I will be transiting on or after 28 June 2024

If you have a valid UK biometric residence permit (BRP), you do not need an airport transit visa. Bring the following documents with you when you travel:

  • your UK biometric residence permit (BRP)
  • your travel document. Your travel document must still be valid for at least another 3 months when you leave the Netherlands. 

Check what other documents you need to travel to the Netherlands

If you hold a different UK residence permit, you need an airport transit visa.  

Find out how to apply for an airport transit visa

If you live in the UK and you have a British travel document, check the cover of your document to see which type you have. Then select your situation to see what applies to you.

Travel document (Convention of 28 July 1951) with a blue cover

You need an airport transit visa to transit through the Netherlands. Make sure you have the following with you during your transit period:

  • your travel document
  • your UK residence permit
  • a ticket to your onward destination

Find out how to apply for an airport transit visa

Travel document (Convention of 28 September 1954) with a red cover

You need an airport transit visa to transit through the Netherlands. Make sure you have the following with you during your transit period:

  • your travel document
  • your UK residence permit
  • a ticket to your onward destination

Find out how to apply for an airport transit visa

Certificate of travel with a black/grey cover

Whether you need a visa during your transit period in the Netherlands depends on whether you have a UK residence permit.

If you have a UK residence permit, you do not need a visa when transiting through the Netherlands. Make sure you have the following with you when travelling:

  • your UK residence permit
  • your travel document. Your travel document must still be valid for at least another 3 months when you leave the Netherlands.

Check what other documents you need to travel to the Netherlands

If you do not have a UK residence permit, you will need an airport transit visa to transit through the Netherlands. Your travel document must be valid for at least another 3 months when you leave the Netherlands.

Find out how to apply for an airport transit visa

If you are a family member of a national of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland, you may not need an airport transit visa. Check below whether you meet the requirements for family members. 

What are the 3 requirements that family members must meet?

  1. You are a family member of a national of an EU or EEA member state (other than the Netherlands) or Switzerland. And you can prove this with a birth certificate or marriage certificate. In this case a family member is a: spouse, registered partner, parent or stepparent, grandparent or stepgrandparent, child or stepchild, or grandchild or stepgrandchild.
  2. You are travelling to or with this family member.
    or;
    You have a valid visa or valid residence permit as a family member of an EU citizen. And this visa or residence permit was issued by an EU or EEA member state or Switzerland. 
  3. You have a valid visa or valid residence permit for your final destination.

If you meet all 3 requirements you do not need a transit visa for the Netherlands. But you must bring documents that proof you meet these requirements. If you don’t know whether you meet the requirements, or you can’t prove that you do, apply for an airport transit visa.

If you are a family member of a Dutch national, and you lived in the UK with your Dutch family member before 1 January 2021, the Brexit withdrawal agreement applies to you. You do not need an airport transit visa if you meet the requirements family members of Dutch nationals must meet.

What are the 5 requirements that family members must meet?

  1. You and your Dutch family member had an established family relationship on or before 31 December 2020. The family relationship still exists and you can prove this with a birth certificate or marriage certificate. In this case, a family member is a: spouse, registered partner, parent or stepparent, grandparent or stepgrandparent, child or stepchild, or grandchild or stepgrandchild. If you are another family member, such as an uncle, aunt or cousin, check the website of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) to see if you meet the requirements.
  2. Your Dutch family member moved to the UK on or before 31 December 2020.
  3. You and your Dutch family member lived in the UK for at least 3 consecutive months.
  4. You and your Dutch family member lived in the UK under EU law. Your Dutch family member was registered there as an EU national, for instance. You had a valid residence document for the UK as a family member of an EU national. If you no longer have a valid residence document, you must be travelling to or with your family member on this trip.
  5. You have a valid visa or valid residence permit for your final destination.

If you meet the requirements

If you meet all 5 requirements you do not need a transit visa for the Netherlands. But you must be able to show various documents. Check the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) to see which documents you need in order to transit through the Netherlands.

If you do not (or may not) meet the requirements

If you don’t know whether you meet the requirements, or you can’t prove that you do, apply for an airport transit visa.